20 Years and After: Korean Collections Consortium of North America (KCCNA)

The Korean Collections Consortium of North America (KCCNA) was founded in 1994 with 6 member institutions, with the University of Chicago quickly joining as the 7th member in 1995. Currently, the number of participating institutions has expanded to 14, covering a total of 109 subjects in Korean Studies. The Korea Foundation, affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has financially supported the consortium for the past 20 years to optimize resources for students and scholars of Korean Studies. Students and scholars now enjoy access to broader and more extensive resources than any one institution could provide by itself. The University of Chicago Library collects nine subject areas as assigned — 1) Welfare Studies; 2) Environmental Studies; 3) Political Parties; 4) Pre-modern Philosophy; 5) Industry; 6) International Relations; 7) Traditional Fiction; 8) Publications on Korea and Koreans published in China and Taiwan; and 9) Publications on Korea and Koreans published in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

This exhibit shows a selection of the University of Chicago’s KCCNA-assigned subject books. One of the books on display is from 한국노동사자료총서 (The History of Korean Labor Movements Series / Han’guk nodongsa charyo ch’ongsŏ), a 630-volume set of primary sources on key cases on South Korea’s union movement history related to political activities from 1970.

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